Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid.

I considered the more obvious candid shots of humans before deciding to go in a completely different direction.

An American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula. One of the squirrels in the area that are so used to me being around that they ignore me allowing me to take candid portraits as they go about their business.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

An Eastern Chipmunk ignoring the photographer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

A Racoon that wandered into the yard. It’s more interested in the bird feeders than the photographer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Filling the Frame

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Filling the Frame.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of filling the frame with just one thing.

Filling the frame with water at sunrise.

Sunrise waves.

 

Filling the frame with snow.

Tracks in the snow with shadows.

 

Filling the frame with leaves.

Variegated Hosta leaves.

 

Filling the frame with trees.

Autumn tree trunks.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place.

Having moved around the U.K. and Canada over the decades I had quite a few ideas for the challenge. It was my recent One Word Sunday: Luck that made me think of the summer of 1985.

I spent part of that summer living in southern Ontario. All the photos are from that summer.

The sun sets behind the Niagara Escarpment at Big Bay. Taken while standing on the dock eating a Rum and Raisin ice cream made in the Big Bay General Store.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place

 

The Cape Croker lighthouse on the Georgian Bay shoreline.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place

 

An interesting eroded rock on the Georgian Bay shoreline.

Eroded rock, natural sculpture.

 

A monochrome study of a section of the Georgian Bay shoreline at Cape Croker.

Georgian Bay shoreline.

 

The Sydenham River flows over Inglis Falls just outside Owen Sound.

Falling Water.

 

An Eastern Garter Snake twisted in the grass eating a Northern Leopard Frog.

Twisted into an S.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Countryside and/or Small Towns

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Countryside and/or Small Towns.

When I first moved to southern Ontario 19 years ago I lived in a small town for 8 years before moving to the countryside.

This is a section of High Street, Southampton, Ontario early on a Saturday morning. I lived a few yards off High Street for around 7 years.

One Word Sunday: Window.

 

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at sunrise. On the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton. Taken from Dominion Lookout at the bottom of High Street.

Friendly Friday: Tourism.

 

This is a local back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario near where I have lived for 11 years.

A spring back road.

 

An old barn on a back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

Evening light on an old barn.

 

A bush section of a local back road on the South Bruce Peninsula on Christmas day a couple of years ago.

Snow covered back road on Christmas day.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.

My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.

In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

 

Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight.

 

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.

In the rain.

 

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

First I must admit that I was considering not taking part in this particular challenge. It’s about 18 months since we lost Piglet, our dog and despite a couple of attempts to write a post about him I hadn’t until now.

This is Piglet, so named because his tail curled like a piglet when he was a puppy. He was a Collie/Beagle cross, not a particularly good mix. With the long hair of a Collie and the short legs of a Beagle he could be a mobile brush/mop/duster depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

 

This is Sally, a Welsh Collie I had as a child in Cheshire, England in the 1970s and the first Collie in my life. A Welsh Collie is a mix of Welsh Sheepdog and Border Collie. In some respects very similar to Piglet. They both hated getting wet and would detour around puddles to avoid getting their feet wet. This photo dates back to the mid 1970s. I suspect that it was taken with the Zenit E I used before getting an Olympus OM1 in mid 1976. The slide is in a terrible condition, faded, dirty and with a nasty colour cast. It took me some time to edit the slide copy to get this photo.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Pets.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Framing The Shot.

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Framing The Shot.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge but nothing that stood out. But inspiration came when I was working on my Monochrome Monday post.

That’s when I realised that the wooden structure on Berford Street in Wiarton would make a real, if somewhat large, frame. So on Sunday afternoon I positioned myself to be looking out at the street through the structure.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Framing The Shot.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Framing The Shot.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Framing The Shot.